The year twenty ten was not the easiest for any of us.
Earthquakes, a tsunami, Volcanic ash, an oil platform exploding and repeated eruptions of Mount Merapi.
Financial bailouts for Greece & Ireland, Wikileaks and widespread floods.
There was at least one happy ending when thirty-three miners in Chile, trapped for a record 69 days 700 metres underground in San José Mine, were brought safely back to the surface.
And since the end of November I have had the nerve to complain about 8 inches of snow that turned to solid ice in my world with horrendous stalactites of ice and Arctic temperatures.
I am always glad to turn the corner and embrace a new year.
This new year, I look forward to seeing the world with at least one new eye before January closes.
To seeing the snowdrops and crocuses pop their heads out from the deep dark earth and remind us that life goes on regardless.
The Irish Blog Awards 2011 are scheduled for March in Belfast’s Europa Hotel. Mark your calendar and come enjoy the craic. This will be my fifth time to attend the blog awards and they just get bigger and better every year. Now is the opportunity for Norn Iron to strut their stuff and share a big hearted warm welcome to all the Bloggers.
This is also the year you will hear me singing………*
I’m getting older – grey in my hair,
Furrows on my brow,
Will you still be sending me a valentine
Birthday greetings bottle of wine.
Give me your answer, fill in a form
Will you still read me, will you still feed me,
When I’m sixty-four?
* With apologies to the Beatles